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  • As Neo-Nazis Seed Military Ranks, Germany Confronts 'an Enemy Within'

    07/08/2020 6:12:44 AM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 9 replies
    NY Slimes ^ | Katrin Bennhold
    Germany has a problem. For years, politicians and security chiefs rejected the notion of any far-right infiltration of the security services, speaking only of “individual cases.” The idea of networks was dismissed. The superiors of those exposed as extremists were protected. Guns and ammunition disappeared from military stockpiles with no real investigation. The government is now waking up. Cases of far-right extremists in the military and the police, some hoarding weapons and explosives, have multiplied alarmingly. The nation’s top intelligence officials and senior military commanders are moving to confront an issue that has become too dangerous to ignore. The problem...
  • We’ll all be speaking German soon [EU]

    07/07/2020 9:57:53 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 57 replies
    Pollutico.eu (formerly EuropeanVoice.com) ^ | 6/28/20, 10:41 PM CET | Joshua Posaner
    German is coming. English may be the European Union’s lingua franca, but listen carefully in the corridors of power and you’ll find the language of Goethe and Schiller is on the rise. German is gaining ground among the EU’s three official working languages as Berlin prepares to take on the bloc’s presidency next month. That’s not least because native speakers occupy top positions, including Ursula von der Leyen at the Spitze of the European Commission. Those in the Brussels bubble are taking note. The Goethe Institute, Germany’s state-funded cultural outpost, told POLITICO it saw a five-fold increase in demand for...
  • EU faces deeper recession than expected: European Commission

    07/07/2020 9:18:41 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 07.07.2020 | kp/rc (AFP, dpa, Reuters)
    The Eurozone economy will fall into a deeper recession this year than initially thought, and the recovery in 2021 will be less robust, according to an updated economic forecast released by the European Commission on Tuesday. The revised forecast predicts the economy of the 19 nations that use the euro will shrink 8.7% in 2020 before recovering by 6.1% next year. For the 27 countries that comprise the EU, a downturn of 8.3% is expected in 2020, before growing 5.8% in 2021. This means that in 2021 Europe will still be worse off than before the global outbreak of COVID-19...
  • Germany: Study halted into racial profiling by police

    07/05/2020 9:41:58 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 07.05.2020 | shs/mm (dpa, Zeit Online)
    Research planned to investigate alleged racial profiling by German police forces has been canceled, an Interior Ministry spokesman said on Sunday. According to the Zeit Online news portal, the ministry decided to drop the study, which was in the “conceptual development” stage, and cited Interior Minister Horst Seehofer as saying there is no need. The term “racial profiling” indicates increased targeting of ethnic minorities, most commonly by law enforcement agencies. […] On Sunday, a spokesperson for the Justice Ministry refused to comment on the media report but referred to an earlier statement, which said that the study is an important...
  • Algeria expects France to apologize for colonial past: president

    07/05/2020 7:40:38 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 15 replies
    TheLocal.fr ^ | 5 July 2020 09:31 CEST+02:00 | AFP
    Algeria is waiting for an apology for France’s colonial occupation of the North African country, the president said, expressing hope that Emmanuel Macron would build on recent conciliatory overtures. A global re-examination of the legacy of colonialism has been unleashed by the May killing of unarmed African American George Floyd by a white police officer, which sparked mass protests around the world. “We have already had half-apologies. The next step is needed… we await it,” President Abdelmadjid Tebboune said Saturday in an interview with news channel France 24. “I believe that with President Macron, we can go further in the...
  • Europeans harden views towards US and EU after pandemic

    07/05/2020 7:34:57 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 33 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 29 June 2020 12:38 CEST+02:00 | Ben McPartland/AFP/The Local
    “Trust in Trump’s America is gone.” The coronavirus crisis has caused a dramatic deterioration in the European public perception of the US and left many believing the EU had become “irrelevant”, new polling finds. The new survey by the European Council for Foreign Relations (ECFR) says the pandemic has traumatized Europeans and left them “feeling alone and vulnerable”. The survey studied the views of Europeans towards the EU and notably its response to the coronavirus crisis and the results did not make for positive reading. “There is a powerful sense among citizens of almost all surveyed member states that their...
  • ‘Racist’ Berlin underground station to be renamed [Mohrenstrasse/Moor Street]

    07/05/2020 7:17:23 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 20 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 4 July 2020 11:26 CEST+02:00
    Berlin’s Mohrenstraße (Moor Street) underground station is set to be renamed due to racism concerns. While the name of the station has been criticized for decades, the debate came to a head in recent weeks on the back of Black Lives Matter protests across Germany and the world. During one Black Lives Matter protest, demonstrators covered the station’s name with cardboard to “rename” it as “George Floyd Street”. BVG, the city’s transit authority, announced on Friday said the time for the debate surrounding the station’s name has come to an end. …
  • Germany promises to atone for discrimination of gay soldiers

    07/04/2020 7:48:34 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 17 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 07.04.2020 | Timothy Jones
    Germany is planning to rehabilitate soldiers who were discriminated against in past years by being rejected for promotion or even fired from the army because of their homosexuality, the Defense Ministry announced. The ministry said it intends to present a draft bill in September to address the injustices done to those soldiers who had been subjected to punitive measures by military disciplinary courts. In some cases, gay, bisexual, lesbian and transgender (LGBT+) soldiers have been disadvantaged with respect to their peers by receiving a lower salary or pension because they were refused promotions. A law preventing homosexuals from becoming professional...
  • Germany rejects Israel's West Bank annexation plans as illegal

    07/01/2020 11:26:19 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 20 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 07.01.2020 | aw/sms (AP, AFP, Reuters, dpa)
    Germany called on Israel not to annex the West Bank on Wednesday, saying the plans were “in contradiction with international law.” The motion was brought in the Bundestag by the three parties in Chancellor Angela Merkel’s broad coalition and was approved without opposing votes. All parliamentary groups, aside from the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) party, warned that Israel’s plans to annex parts of the West Bank would jeopardize Israel’s security and hopes of a two-state solution. Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said the plan threatened the stability of the entire Middle East. “Peace cannot be achieved by unilateral steps,” Maas...
  • Senators aim to limit Trump's ability to remove troops from Germany

    07/01/2020 11:04:53 PM PDT · by robowombat · 23 replies
    The Hill ^ | 06/29/20 03:19 PM EDT | JORDAIN CARNEY
    Senators aim to limit Trump's ability to remove troops from Germany BY JORDAIN CARNEY - 06/29/20 03:19 PM EDT A bipartisan group of senators is trying to place limits on President Trump's ability to remove troops from Germany unless the administration is able to meet a slew of requirements. The proposal, spearheaded by Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah), would prohibit the administration from reducing the number of active-duty troops in Germany below 34,500 unless the Pentagon can certify to Congress that it is in the national security interest of the United States and would not negatively undermine European alliances or NATO....
  • Russia: 'Nothing will stop' Germany gas pipeline

    07/01/2020 6:05:36 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 11 replies
    EU Observer ^ | 30 Jun 2020, 07:15 | Andrew Rettman
    “Nothing will stop” Nord Stream 2, Russia has said, after new US sanctions on a pipeline that is seeing the EU side with Russia against its transatlantic ally. “Our view remains the same: nothing will stop the finalization of Nord Stream 2 [NS2]. And we leave to Germany and other EU member states to pass judgment on such US measures,” Russia’s ambassador to the EU, Vladimir Chizhov, told EUobserver on Monday (29 June). The Russian-owned firm building the pipe from Russia to Germany, the Nord Stream 2 consortium in Switzerland, was equally bullish. “Our shareholder and the five financial investors...
  • Danes to sort trash into ten types under new green deal

    06/30/2020 8:26:22 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 39 replies
    TheLocal.dk ^ | 17 June 202009:57 CEST+02:00 | Ritzau/The Local
    People living in Denmark will need to sort their recycling into ten different containers, under a new deal that aims to cut 0.7m tonnes of emissions and make the country’s waste sector carbon neutral by 2030. Denmark’s climate minister Dan Jørgensen said that, with the average Danish resident throwing away 800 kg of waste into general recycling a year, people in the country were worse than the European average, which is 490 kg. […] Under the agreement, which has the support of all parties except for the Danish People’s Party and the New Right Party, Denmark’s municipalities have half a...
  • EU agrees to reopen borders to 14 countries, extends travel ban for US tourists

    06/30/2020 8:09:51 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 13 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 06.30.2020 | ls/rs (dpa, AP, AFP)
    The European Union on Tuesday extended a ban on travelers from the United States and most other countries beyond July 1, citing epidemiological factors for the decision. Over the past month, the US has seen its number of cases steadily rise after most states eased lockdown measures. A lack of interstate coordination and an uneven response from the federal government has contributed to several new outbreaks across the country. Other countries whose travel restrictions were extended include Brazil, Russia and India, which have seen their number of positive cases surge in recent weeks. The US, Brazil, Russia and India are...
  • Macron: "The {French] Republic will not erase any trace or name from its history. It will not forget any of its deeds or take down any statue.

    06/28/2020 7:35:42 AM PDT · by AndyJackson · 27 replies
    Twitter ^ | Jun 15, 2020 | French President Emmanuel Macron
    Twitter video French socialist President standing up for France and French culture and history.
  • Angela Merkel says Britain will have to 'live with the consequences' of Boris Johnson's decision to loosen economic ties with the EU as German leader hardens her Brexit stance

    06/27/2020 10:25:15 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 23 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 15:11 EDT, 26 June 2020 | Sam Blitz
    Angela Merkel announced Britain will have to “live with the consequences” of a distant relationship with the European Union in the event of a no-deal exit. Unlike his predecessor Theresa May, UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has scrapped the idea of maintaining close economic ties with the EU after the Brexit transition period ends on December 31. The UK recently rejected a EU deal surrounding environmental and consumer protections and workplace rights, and Mrs. Merkel has now hardened her stance as Germany prepares to take over the rotating presidency of the EU. The German chancellor told the media on Friday:...
  • American tourists could be barred from Europe when borders reopen

    06/24/2020 8:36:58 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 45 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 23 June 2020 22:28 CEST+02:00
    American travelers look set to be denied entry to the EU when the bloc reopens its borders on July 1st, according to reports, while those from Australia and New Zealand will likely to be allowed to return. Europe will reopen its external borders on July 1st but American tourists may not be allowed to travel because the US is still considered a risk due to the high number of COVID-19 cases.Hard-hit countries such as Brazil, Mexico, Russia and India are also facing a continued travel ban. EU officials are reportedly frantically drawing up a list of countries whose nationals will...
  • U.S. Republican lawmakers urge Trump to reconsider Germany troop reduction plan

    06/23/2020 9:03:08 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 64 replies
    Reuters ^ | June 23, 2020 5:35 AM | Patricia Zengerle
    A group of Republican lawmakers in the House of Representatives urged President Donald Trump on Tuesday to reconsider his decision to cut the number of U.S. troops in Germany, saying their presence is the backbone of NATO’s deterrent against Russian aggression. The six lawmakers led by House Foreign Affairs Committee senior Republican Michael McCaul said in a letter that the U.S. military footprint in Germany served Washington’s strategic interests beyond Europe and into the Middle East and Africa, which have seen the growing influence of Russia and China. […] The lawmakers also warned that Moscow and Beijing sought to sow...
  • Rundfunkbeitrag: Germany's state leaders give green light to raise TV tax

    06/20/2020 8:57:11 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 18 June 2020 08:51 CEST+02:00
    The Rundfunkbeitrag — or television license fee, which every household living in Germany is required to pay — could rise soon. On Wednesday, the leaders of Germany’s 16 states cleared the way for the amount of money people contribute to the Rundfunkbeitrag to go up by signing the interstate broadcasting agreement. The increase in the broadcasting fee is now likely to rise by 86 cents to €18.36 per month from January 2021. However, the change in law must go through all state parliaments before it comes into force. And there may be some resistance from the eastern state of Saxony-Anhalt....
  • Lenin statue to be unveiled in west Germany after legal battle [Gelsenkirchen]

    06/20/2020 8:29:47 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 29 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 20 June 2020 08:22 CEST+02:00
    While a global row rages over the controversial background of historical figures immortalized as statues, on Saturday a divisive new monument to Soviet leader Lenin will be unveiled in Germany. More than 30 years after the post-World War II communist experiment on German soil ended, the tiny Marxist-Leninist Party of Germany (MLPD) will install Lenin's likeness in the western city of Gelsenkirchen. The MLPD says it is the first such statue ever to be erected on the territory of the former West Germany, decades after the eastern German Democratic Republic communist state and its deadly Berlin Wall and Stasi secret...
  • EU parliament declares 'Black Lives Matter'

    06/20/2020 2:34:52 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 12 replies
    France24 ^ | June 20, 2020
    The European Parliament voted Friday to declare that "Black Lives Matter" and to denounce racism and white supremacism in all its forms. The resolution has no legal consequences but sends a signal of support to anti-racism protesters, and it follows a UN call for a probe into police brutality and "systemic racism." And, one day before President Donald Trump is to hold a rally in Tulsa, a city that saw one of the worst racist massacres in US history, the lawmakers condemned American police brutality. Point number one of the text of the resolution takes up the slogan US campaigners...